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Offline trdsf

This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« on: October 11, 2018, 12:59:48 PM »
Astronauts Nick Hague and Alexei Ovchinin You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login just under two minutes after launch.

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Re: This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2018, 01:22:22 PM »
Wow, what a ride! I hope they find the problem soon so the program can get back on track.
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Offline Baruch

Re: This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2018, 07:43:09 PM »
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Astronauts Nick Hague and Alexei Ovchinin You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login just under two minutes after launch.

Remember: when you escape a dangerous situation thanks to a safety mechanism that worked the way it was supposed to, the correct entity to thank is not some god, it's an engineer.

Except for Challenger ... then blame engineering management, who ignored engineer protests over launching in cold weather.
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Offline Baruch

Re: This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2018, 07:43:44 PM »
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Wow, what a ride! I hope they find the problem soon so the program can get back on track.

The Russians are making the rocket engines now.  They will embargo selling us any big ones.
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Offline Cavebear

Re: This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2018, 07:00:57 AM »
We need to get our own program back on track.  Depending on the Russians puts our whole diplomacy at risk.
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Re: This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2018, 07:53:23 AM »
Any spaceship crashlanding you walk away from is a good one.
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Offline Baruch

Re: This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2018, 08:00:03 AM »
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We need to get our own program back on track.  Depending on the Russians puts our whole diplomacy at risk.

The whole point of multiculturalism and economic interdependence?  Destroy the USA.  Our one bipartisan policy.
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Offline Cavebear

Re: This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2018, 08:52:17 AM »
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Any spaceship crashlanding you walk away from is a good one.

"it was a 3 point landing; here, there, and everywhere". 

I remember hearing about the Challenger disaster on the radio.  My best friend from a previous office used to follow every flight.  I called her and she didn't know.  The one flight she din't stay home to watch.  We cried together on the phone.
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Offline Baruch

Re: This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2018, 09:59:20 AM »
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"it was a 3 point landing; here, there, and everywhere". 

I remember hearing about the Challenger disaster on the radio.  My best friend from a previous office used to follow every flight.  I called her and she didn't know.  The one flight she din't stay home to watch.  We cried together on the phone.

Heard about the Challenger for a co-worker.  That weekend my wife and I were scheduled to see a Space shuttle movie at the I-max.  So that was our wake.
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Offline Cavebear

Re: This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2018, 10:47:29 AM »
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Heard about the Challenger for a co-worker.  That weekend my wife and I were scheduled to see a Space shuttle movie at the I-max.  So that was our wake.

Yeah, a really bad day.
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Offline Baruch

Re: This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2018, 01:43:34 PM »
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Yeah, a really bad day.

Back then I worked on Space Shuttle cargoes.  Challenger wasn't carrying one of mine.
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Offline Cavebear

Re: This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2018, 02:25:25 PM »
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Back then I worked on Space Shuttle cargoes.  Challenger wasn't carrying one of mine.

It isn't wrong to be relieved at small bits of luck.  I can only imagine how people more directly involved must have felt.
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Offline Baruch

Re: This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2018, 07:37:51 AM »
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It isn't wrong to be relieved at small bits of luck.  I can only imagine how people more directly involved must have felt.

Yes.  I am glad I wasn't closer to the event.
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Re: This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2018, 10:08:46 PM »
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The Russians are making the rocket engines now.  They will embargo selling us any big ones.

I'm hoping Elon Musk and SpaceX can keep it up. Depending on the Russians for space access is crazy, as is relying on the Chinese.

Offline Cavebear

Re: This is why engineers prepare for the worst
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2018, 01:22:37 AM »
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I'm hoping Elon Musk and SpaceX can keep it up. Depending on the Russians for space access is crazy, as is relying on the Chinese.

We need to get on the inventive track again.  Let's see some more balanced cooperative space travel tech from many nations.
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